Memorial and Thank You to George Ulrich

News released on: 
Mar 9th, 2016

George Ulrich, a passionate Boston cyclist and multi-year Bike-A-Thon supporter passed away on February 23, 2016 at age 63 from a rare form of cancer. 

George is remembered for his kindness, gentleness, generosity, and depth of soul. He was eager to share his passions for cycling, music, and computers with everyone, and was a mentor to many in these endeavors. He showed deep respect for all he encountered, recognizing the value in everyone and engaging them on their own terms. 

Bicycling was central to George’s life. He commuted by bike to work year-round for many years. He participated in a number of fundraising rides, including the Pan Mass Challenge (Dana-Farber Cancer Institute), Tour de Cure (American Diabetes Association), Boston to New York Aids Ride, Bike MS (National MS Society), the Boston Brain Tumor Ride, and the Bikes Not Bombs Bike-A-Thon. He took other long-distance trips including the Tour de Montreal, Bike New York, and the Mad Dash to Montreal. After being diagnosed with cancer last summer, George rode in the annual Hub on Wheels ride in Boston in September, leading and supported by more than 30 cycling friends with “Team George.”

George was a tireless advocate for cycling in Boston, and was a co-founder of both the Boston Cyclists Union and Rozzie Bikes. He was an active member of Bikes Not Bombs, Charles River Wheelmen, MassBike, and Boston Bike Party. He could be found at local farmers’ markets and public housing, providing free bicycle repairs.

Musically, after playing professionally in a number of bands for more than ten years, George continued to play informally with friends, and remained an avid jazz fan. As a programmer, George was always ready to share his knowledge of computers and technology, and did private computer consulting.

In addition to his wife and daughters, George is survived by his brother, William “Zip” Ulrich of Taylors, SC, as well as nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his sister, Gail Ulrich, of Shelburne Falls, MA.

More than 160 friends and relatives gathered with George for an evening of jazz, food, and friendship in January, when many were able to say goodbye. George’s family prefers to gather privately now, but a memorial will be arranged in the spring.

Gifts in George’s memory may be made to Bikes Not Bombs.